Art & Illustration at John Brown University

Major in Art & Illustration

Become an artist • Develop your personal style • Impact the world

Develop your artistic talent and creative style.

You develop both the conceptual and technical skills you need to create high-quality work in the art and illustration major. As you learn from talented artists in the field at JBU, you will build a marketable portfolio that exemplifies your versatility and range of abilities.

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Develop your style

Explore various art styles and ways of expressing your creative voice by engaging with state-of-the-art resources and professional artists. 

Practice your craft

Learn the technical skillsets and philosophies of numerous art styles and means of expression to produce engaging and authentic work. 

Build your portfolio

Produce high-quality pieces of work for a versatile and adaptable portfolio that seniors will present at the JBU Portfolio Show. 

What to expect as an art and illustration student at JBU


Work in incredible facilities

Our three art buildings include two three-story facilities featuring classrooms, a theater, two galleries, photo and cinema studios, Mac labs and a printmaking workshop. The Studio Project Barn features a state-of-the-art photo studio, drawing and painting classrooms, a woodshop, a ceramics studio and individual artist stations.


Integrate faith and art

At JBU, your faculty will encourage you to use your talents for the glory of God. In every class and every career, our desire is to honor Him.


Gain great exposure

Every year, seniors display their best work for potential employers at the JBU Portfolio Show, which draws a large group of recruiters as well as hundreds of friends and family.

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The future you starts here.

Equip yourself for a successful career and a life of purpose.